Manneken Pis’ bedroom is the first escape room provided by 60 minutes (Belgium). They had pretty good recommendations so we’ve decided to take a look into the little guy’s bedroom and see for ourselves how good of an experience this is.
The reception: 60 minutes is located in the heart of Brussels, very close to the Central Station, and even from before entering the building, you can tell they’ve invested a bit in the aspect of their company. At the time of our visit, they even had a tablet device implanted in the door, for cases in which it is closed but you want to make a reservation for another time. Once inside, they have a small comfy place, with some fresh drinks for the teams.
The story: As you can already deduce from the title, this room is centered around the little guy who is one of the symbols of Brussels, and Belgium – Manneken pis. You are going to go on a journey into his bedroom and you’re gonna need all the help you can get to solve the riddles that he set up for you as you only have 60 minutes.
The Design: The design of Manneken Pis’ bedroom does not have a great impact visually once you enter the room, however it doesn’t cease to surprise you throughout the game play. It is carefully set up so that it hides different mysteries and it plays an important role in solving the game. The decorations include important elements related to this Belgian symbol that make the ambiance authentic.
The Puzzles: The more interesting aspect of this escape room is represented by the puzzles. They are quite diverse and well integrated with the story and the design of the game, however they lack a little bit of teamwork. We would recommend the game to teams of beginners or people who have already played a few games to fully enjoy this experience. We’ve played the game in 3, as you can see, however probably 4 would be the ideal number of players for this escape room.
The Game Master: The staff was very friendly with us since our arrival and up until the end. They seemed quite passionate about what they were doing and were very helpful throughout the game. They understood our level of experience with such a game, and provided us with the right amount of help. They spoke both English and French (couldn’t really test the Dutch part).